Different generations collect different things. My father collected old cars and poker chips. I belong to the digital generation so I collect poker games and Mac apps, especially those of the geekier persuasion.
My Mac is loaded up with somewhere beyond a dozen Mac text editors. Why so many? Some work better than others for different tasks. Others I’ve used for years. A few gather digital dust. Some have promise because they approach text editing differently.
Other text editors are just fun to use and group includes Chocolat, a native Cocoa text editor with a few 21st century features you’ll appreciate, including my favorite– the split editing window. That’s worth money all by its lonesome.
Most Mac text editors that come with a price tag have similar features, including code complete for common languages, live preview, and a variety of snippet tools, syntax color themes, and multiple undos.
Chocolat has psychic code completion. It must be psychic because it’s that good and seems to know exactly what kind of code string should follow what you’ve just entered. There’s also code folding to save space, live real time error checking, a built-in color picker, and the usual support for almost every popular programming language on planet earth (from Ruby to C++ to PHP to Haskell; didn’t see Swift in the latest version, though).
I like the variety of screen cursors and selection options, plus find and replace that covers multiple documents, which, by the way, are easily viewed in the file and project sidebar navigation. As with every decent Mac text editor Chocolat is available with a try-before-you-buy option. It’s more expensive than some, much less than others, but worthy of a try. Especially if you haven’t added an editor to your collection in awhile (you know you have one).